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John’s Horror Corner: Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge (1991)

March 20, 2013

MY CALL:  With the highest production value of the series so far, Toulon’s Revenge avenges Puppet Master II‘s terrible misstep.  Part two left me dreading Toulon’s Revenge.  But now I can’t wait for part four!   IF YOU LIKE THIS WATCHPuppet Master (1989).  SEQUEL SIDEBAR:  This movie is actually a prequel to Puppet Master (1989), which is seamlessly followed by Puppet Master II (1991), although there is a considerable drop in quality.

Set in 1941 Berlin, part III graces viewers with Toulon’s history which was referenced in Puppet Master and Puppet Master II.  Nazi Major Krauss (Richard Lynch; Halloween, Necronomicon, Trancers II) has charged Dr. Hess (Ian Abercrombie; Jack Frost II, Army of Darkness) with animating dead soldiers to utilize in the Furor’s war.  They discover that puppeteer Andre Toulon has mastered such secrets and intend to steal it!
The Furor…
…wants this.

In this third installment of the franchise, Andre Toulon is played by a third actor (Guy Rolfe; Puppet Master IV, V and Retro Puppet Master; Dolls, The Bride).  But have no fear.  This prequel has returned to its fans the more kind-hearted Toulon without the intolerable accent of Puppet Master II‘s zombie Toulon.  When Toulon’s wife Elsa (Sarah Douglas; Return of the Living Dead 3, Conan the Destroyer, Strippers vs Werewolves) is killed during a Nazi altercation, Toulon and his puppets are left with a hole in their hearts that can only be filled with bleeding, screaming Nazi death.

This is the best-acted of the franchise s far, but still much is left to be desired if you came expecting Oscar-worthy line delivery.  It’s certainly good enough.  Making up for this shortcoming are the glorious stop-motion puppets.

The puppets include Pinhead and is man hands (as in a stop-motion puppet with live-action human hands), the drill-headed Tunneler, Jester and cowboy Six-Shooter (new as of this movie).  Desperate and bereft of his love Elsa, Toulon goes all Bride of Frankenstein and uses her life essence to create a puppet which he fills with bloated leeches (fan favorite Leech Woman) to exact their revenge.  Toulon also crafts Blade (of the first two movies).

As usual, the puppets get their moments to shine.  However, I felt that Pinhead drew the most fanfare. He was responsible for a knee-capping, a brick to the face, some impaling hooks and a wire-strangling.  Cheesy, but good stuff.  Six-shooter also had some solid moments.
In the words of Borat: “Great success!”

But the most interesting revelation of the puppets in this movie is what–or who–truly gives them life.  Toulon has a special connection to all of them, just as he did in life.

CHEAP B-HORROR FARE:  For anyone who cares, this movie (like the first two of the series) is of ample bosom.  Neither this nor part one really needed the crutch of gratuitous nudity, but I guess it just felt too classy to omit on the producers’ part.  The gore is also enjoyable.  Overall, this felt like the highest production quality Puppet Master movie so far.

Fans of part one shouldn’t dare miss this!

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  5. John’s Horror Corner: Curse of the Puppet Master (1998), and what should have been the death of a franchise | Movies, Films & Flix
  6. John’s Horror Corner: Retro Puppet Master (1999), the seventh installment of a franchise that just doesn’t seem to know when to quit | Movies, Films & Flix
  7. John’s Horror Corner: Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003), this incredibly annoying eighth franchise installment serves as a nothing more than a review of the past movies with loads of stock footage | Movies, Films & Flix
  8. John’s Horror Corner: Puppet Master: Axis of Evil (2010) | Movies, Films & Flix
  9. John’s Horror Corner: The Lords of Salem (2013), the softer side of Rob Zombie | Movies, Films & Flix
  10. John’s Old School Horror Corner: Creepozoids (1987), yet another low budget 80s Alien rip-off | Movies, Films & Flix
  11. John’s Horror Corner: Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986), introducing zombie Jason to more camp counselors and some of the most fun death scenes of the franchise so far. | Movies, Films & Flix
  12. John’s Horror Corner: Dead Snow (2009; aka Død Snø), an extremely bloody Norwegian movie about Nazi zombies inspired by Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi. | Movies, Films & Flix
  13. John’s Horror Corner: Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead (2014; aka Død Snø 2), more innovative use of intestines, more chunky gross head-smashing and more Nazi zombie killing equal more slapstick hilarity. | Movies, Films & Flix
  14. John’s Horror Corner: Overlord (2018), a high production value war movie mixed with a zombie movie. | Movies, Films & Flix
  15. Iron Sky (2012), the over-the-top Sci-Fi space-Nazi movie that will put a silly grin on your face. | Movies, Films & Flix
  16. John’s Horror Corner: Dolls (1987), a heavy dose of 80s-nostalgic murderous stop-motion demon dolls from goretastic director Stuart Gordon. | Movies, Films & Flix
  17. Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2019), where Super Mario Bros. (1993) and Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) meet a kooky Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and Xena: Warrior Princess in this over-the-top Sci-Fi space-Nazi sequel | Movies, Films
  18. John’s Horror Corner: Necronomicon: Book of the Dead (1993), a Lovecraftian horror anthology loaded with disgusting gore and slimy tentacle monsters. | Movies, Films & Flix

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